God’s Promise Is Kept

2 Corinthians 9:15

If ever there is a busy time, it is Christmas. I read about a woman who was busy buying Christmas gifts and preparing for her family’s celebration. Suddenly, she realized that she had forgotten to send Christmas cards to her friends. She dashed off to a card shop, chose one with a picture she liked and in haste bought 50 of the same type. Hurrying home, she quickly addressed and posted them—just in time.

What a shock she received some days later when, glancing at the few cards that remained, she read the verse inside. It said:

This card comes just to say

A little gift is on the way.

All those disappointed friends are still waiting for that promised gift!

Fortunately, it wasn’t like that with God’s promised gift. He promised a wonderful gift to all mankind, and He certainly kept His promise. The gift was His Son, Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, given to the world to bring peace, justice, freedom and goodwill among men. He came to make the world a better place. To show men and women how to live life to the full. To bring reconciliation between man and God and between man and man.

God sent Jesus as a helpless baby born to an ordinary couple, Mary and Joseph. He grew up in a family, and shared our human life. He worked with His hands as a carpenter, and knew how hard it was to make ends meet. He understood what it was like to be poor. He faced all the trials and temptations that you and I experience.

Then, in obedience to God, He became the teacher of the good news, showing people that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. But He was misunderstood, mocked, criticized, rejected, and His enemies hung Him upon a cross. This shining, sinless man carried our sins and opened to us a way of forgiveness, hope and peace.

But He rose from the dead and is alive today. By His Spirit He is with us. He helps us to be the men and women that we ought to be. He is Emmanuel, God with us.

God’s promises about the Christ-child were more than fulfilled in Jesus’ life on earth. And the reality in our own lives today when we claim those promises for ourselves is even more magnificent.

No wonder the Apostle Paul could cry out with a note of wonder and praise; “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Eva Burrows, Salvationist

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